Triple-S Management Corporation, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee in Puerto Rico, has agreed to complete a HIPAA compliance corrective action program and pay a $3.5 million fine to the HHS Office for Civil Rights following multiple breaches of protected health information.

The fine is the second largest levied against organizations that OCR believes substantially ignored HIPAA. The largest fine imposed to date by OCR is $4.8 million with New York-Presbyterian Hospital paying $3.3 million and Columbia University paying $1.5 million after the PHI of 6,800 individuals was inadvertently made accessible on Internet search engines.

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